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How do you form questions in French?

Forming questions can be difficult because in French they do not have an equivalent of the auxiliary 'do' which we have in English and use for asking questions e.g. do you play rugby? In French, there are three main ways to ask questions:

First, you can add the phrase "est-ce que" at the start of the sentence. So, if you want to ask someone "do you play rugby?", you would say "est-ce que tu joues le rugby?" 

Second, you can invert the subject and the verb, although this is quite formal and mainly used in writing. Therefore, the example sentence would be "joues-tu le rugby?" In English, this can literally be translated as "play you rugby?" 

Finally, you can simply say any sentence and raise the pitch of your voice at the end of it. This is an informal way of saying it but common in the spoken language. Therefore, you would say "tu joue le rugby?" and raise the pitch of your voice when pronouncing "le rugby"

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